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Poster: bobcdy Date: Jul 5, 2009 1:38pm
Forum: gutenberg Subject: establishing public domain

I'm thinking of submitting an ebook to either Project Gutenberg, MobileRead, or Archive.org and wondered about establishing public domain status for US books published in the period 1923-1964. As I understand, any US book published in that time period must have had its copyright renewed 28 years after the original copyright was granted. Thus to establish public domain for these books, one must determine that there was no renewal in the time period 1950 (1922 + 28) to 1992 (1964 + 28). I wondered if a search of the online Stanford copyright database (that covers this time period) is sufficient to prove that there was no renewal for the purpose of submitting an ebook to these sites?
Bob

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Poster: garthus Date: Aug 22, 2009 5:57am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Stanford has renewals before 1978; The us copyright office has registrations and renewals after 1978.

Gerry

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Poster: bobcdy Date: Aug 22, 2009 11:27am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Gerry,
Thanks for the info.
Bob

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Poster: garthus Date: Aug 22, 2009 5:57am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Stanford has renewals before 1978; The us copyright office has registrations and renewals after 1978.

Gerry

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Poster: garthus Date: Aug 22, 2009 5:57am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Stanford has renewals before 1978; The us copyright office has registrations and renewals after 1978.

Gerry

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Poster: garthus Date: Aug 22, 2009 5:57am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Stanford has renewals before 1978; The us copyright office has registrations and renewals after 1978.

Gerry

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Poster: Nemo_bis Date: Sep 5, 2009 2:31pm
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Help:Public_domain is a useful guide.

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Poster: bobcdy Date: Sep 5, 2009 7:57pm
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Thanks for the info; it should prove useful.
Bob

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Poster: Nemo_bis Date: Sep 6, 2009 1:14am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

And of course, it's a wiki, so you can improve it. :-D

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Poster: rndesterre Date: Aug 21, 2009 8:38am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

I would go directly to http://www.copyright.gov/ and perform a search there. Hope this helps.

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Poster: bobcdy Date: Aug 21, 2009 2:51pm
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Hi, I had nearly forgotten about my email, and thanks for replying. I've researched it more since I wrote the question, and found the text files for copyright renewal at PGutenberg, also the database at Stanford University. I've also done searches at the U.S. Copyright Office database but this is limited to 1978 and later.
Bob

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Poster: garthus Date: Aug 22, 2009 5:57am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: establishing public domain

Stanford has renewals before 1978; The us copyright office has registrations and renewals after 1978.

Gerry